River Plate to be punished after fans shot SEA FLARES and Boca Juniors players had to leave under riot police shields

RIVER PLATE are set to be punished after their fans pelted Boca Juniors players with objects including sea flares after another feisty derby between the two clubs.

Boca triumphed 1-0 at El Monumental, courtesy of a 54th minute effort by Emmanuel Villa.



Argentine league rules prohibit away fans at such games, so the victorious visitors had to make do celebrating among themselves at the final whistle.

As they tried to make their off the pitch, they were forced to shield themselves from various objects raining down on them from the stands.

According to El Tribuno, the projectiles included sea flares that could have caused serious harm.

Players were seen ducking beneath police riot shields as they jogged back to the safety of the dressing room.

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Among their ranks was former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, as well as Argentine international striker Dario Benedetto.

Rojo in particular was vocal towards the crowd, letting his anger at their behaviour be known.

Manchester City-bound Julian Alvarez had been in action for River.

Yesterday's issues were just the latest in a long history of crowd trouble in this fixture.

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When the two sides met in the Copa Libertadores final in 2018, the second leg was forced to be played at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu after crowd trouble prevented the second leg from going ahead.

River fans had attacked Boca's team bus on the way to the match, with the game repeatedly being delayed before an eventual postponement.

When the match was eventually played at the Bernabeu it was River that were victorious, winning 3-1 on the night to seal a 5-3 aggregate triumph.


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